Thing 4 is four years old today! Following our new tradition, the birthday girl gets to pick where we eat. Thing 4 chose IHOP.
Thing 4 loves to dance and sing. It doesn’t matter if she knows the words, she just makes up her own. And she improvises the dance moves as she sings. I don’t know if there is Broadway in her future, but it sure is entertaining to watch.
In preschool today, the topic was what do you want to be when you grow up? Most of the answers were typical. A policeman, fireman, nurse, a mommy, a dancer. Thing 4 has a slightly different plan.
Teacher: What do you want to be when you are big?
Thing 4: A unicorn because I want to have rainbow hair.
Thing 3 and I took a trip to Boston. It was a trip of firsts. We went to meet a new Urban Cousin that just joined the family. It was the first time I went away with only Thing 3 over night. It was the first time flying in an airplane for Thing 3.
Thing 3 was happy to have arrived at our hotel, but not so happy to be wearing his “fancy clothes”
Suburban Grandpa joined us from Florida. He was not happy about the frigid temperatures, and didn’t have the proper clothing.
Urban Cousin was the reason we were all there.
He wouldn’t eat there but liked that the restaurant had his name on it.
Too bad selfie’s weren’t the rage when my Things were little.
Suburban Uncle attempting to break the world record for longest time to change a diaper.
Suburban Aunt enjoyed time with her new nephew.
Lots of cousins.
Thing 3′s favorite part of the trip: a late night snack run.
Eating pretzels in bed! Can’t do that at home.
How about a donut for the flight home?
One more selfie on the flight home.
Thing 3 is both inventive and business minded. He has decided to invent a Teleporter. Although the product is still in the concept stage, he already has a sales pitch video.
Incidentally, the Power Ranger outfit has nothing to do with the Teleporter. He just wears it around the house sometimes.
One lesson he’s already learned: go to the bathroom before starting your sales pitch. Especially when you are wearing a Power Ranger suit.
Today marks 17 days I’ve been home with the Things. Holidays + Winter Break + Vacation + Sinus Infection + 3 Snow Days = 17 days.
Sure, it’s nice to not go to work. But when kids are out of school for that long, it gets loud and SuburbanDaddy blows his top. It doesn’t help when the majority of those days are with a sinus infection (mine). Work doesn’t seem like a bad alternative right now.
We’ve also had 3 snow days already. Only one of which I can explain. Seriously, when it is 43 degrees and dry out kids can go to school. When I was a kid, I remember school buses with chains on the tires so we could drive in the snow. And if the buses couldn’t make it we walked barefoot.
Here’s a video of Thing 3 learning about one of the cancellations. He actually thinks he caused it to happen by putting ice in the toilet. Hey, it’s only weird if it doesn’t work.
Tonight we are expecting a “polar vortex” with sub zero temperatures and high winds. Can you say Day 18?
Resolutions. It’s good to have goals and work towards something each year. Even six year olds make New Years resolutions.
SuburbanMommy: Do you know what a resolution is?
Thing 3: Yes, something you want to do.
SuburbanMommy: Do you have a resolution for 2014?
Thing 3: To take over the world.
He didn’t hesitate at all before giving the answer. Knowing Thing 3, he has probably thought about this for some time. And some day he just might do it.
Do you remember when you were in school, and there was a big assignment that you prepared for a long time. When the big day finally came, and you handed in the work, there was nothing more you could do. You did all you could and now it was time to find out the results. It was the moment of truth.
Today was Thing 3′s moment of truth, where he found out if he is on the nice or naughty list for 2013. Santa sends a personalized video for each Thing to SuburbanMommy each year. In the video, Santa knows surprisingly specific details about each one (6 years old, first grade) and it is always a big moment when, just before Christmas, we watch the videos.
This year Thing 3 was unsure which way it would go. He was nervous. Especially since we received a video from Santa list week saying he was still undecided. SuburbanSanta sometimes does this to make sure a Thing pays extra attention to being good the week before Christmas.
Watch Thing 3 learn the results.